The dream of the metaverse, a virtual reality hellscape filled with annoying ads and screeching children, is as incoherent and confusing as ever after reading an 8,000 word essay by the president of global affairs at Facebook.
In the piece, it's revealed that Facebook isn't planning to build its own metaverse.
There won't be a Meta-run metaverse, just as there isn't.
You would be forgiven for any confusion here. Facebook's plan sounded a lot more like it wanted to create its own virtual world, which it had appeared to pour a lot of resources into.
Meta is likening its metaverse to the internet since it has been promoting its own app.
Facebook wrote the book on dominating the internet landscape at all costs, aggressively wiping out competing ideas and forcing itself on billions of people around the world to maximize profits.
It may not be Meta's metaverse, but the company wants to get in on the ground floor and determine its rules, while also not owning it completely.
Meta wants to have its cake and eat it as well.
As long as they are not authoritarian governments, the rules of the metaverse will be set by someone.
The metaverse will need a web of public and private standards to allow it to operate across jurisdiction.
The internet is being bogged down by authoritarian governments who are building digital barriers at their borders and imposing greater control over the internet inside them.
The rise of the authoritarian internet is an ideological challenge to the open internet.
Who will have the final say if it isn't governments? Meta does not seem to have a firm grasp on an answer.
Does Meta really want us to believe that it just wants to be a small part of a larger metaverse? It seems implausible given Facebook's hold on the internet landscape.
The parent company of Facebook wants us to believe that it wants to move on to a metaverse that is tightly governed.
The company he represents is accused of charging ahead too quickly, while the innovators feel that technological progress can't afford to wait for the slower pace of regulation.
The company's website has one resource that the Meta VP points to.
Many of these products will only be fully realized in ten to fifteen years, if not longer, according to the author.
We have been suspecting for a while now that Meta has no idea what its vision of the Metaverse actually looks like, despite all the flashy, legless demos.
The company's attempts to launch metaverse apps have failed to generate much interest in the general public.
Is the company trying to justify its actions on the metaverse?
Who was the writer of this 8,000 word piece? Meta's investors are supposed to walk away from the company because it doesn't have a cohesive plan to make money off of a metaverse it doesn't control.
It isn't a salad that will convince anyone to join the Metaverse or any other metaverse.
The executive says that Meta won't build a dedicated metaverse.
Facebook is running out of money.